PNoy critics slam yellow ribbon drive

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 17 2014 03:20 PM | Updated as of Jul 17 2014 11:21 PM

MANILA - Progressive lawmakers slammed President Aquino's call for supporters to wear a yellow ribbon.

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said wearing yellow means support for the disbursement acceleration program (DAP) or being "pro-presidential pork barrel."

He said the President's speech where he warned the Supreme Court of a clash between the executive and the judiciary unless the court revisits its ruling that the DAP is unconstitutional will lead to chaos.

Colmenares said he sees chaos whichever way the Supreme Court decides on the government's motion for reconsideration on the DAP.

"If the SC reconsiders, it may court the wrath of the public. If it stands pat on its ruling it will have a clash with the Executive," he said.

ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said there is an irony to President Aquino's use of the yellow ribbon campaign.

The yellow ribbon campaign was launched by supporters of President Aquino's father, the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., in his crusade against the Marcos dictatorship.

On the other hand, President Aquino is using the yellow ribbon campaign to rally support against the Supreme Court in a move that former Senator Joker Arroyo said shows dictatorial tendencies.

The yellow ribbon campaign takes its roots from the song "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree." The song is about a prisoner who has completed his three-year sentence but is uncertain if he will be welcomed home. He writes to his love, asking that a yellow ribbon be tied around the "ole oak tree" in front of the house which he can see from the bus, bringing him home from prison. The prisoner will take the presence or absence of yellow ribbon as an indicator if he is still welcome.

The yellow ribbon became one of the symbols of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution and the 2010 presidential campaign of President Aquino.